Sunday, May 12, 2019

Bar Rescue - The Tipsy Bull (China Grove Trading Post) Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in China Grove, Texas to rescue The China Grove Trading Post.  The China Grove Trading Post is owned by Wendy and Raymond Jenkins and they are enabling their "belligerent" daughter Maggen who works at the bar.  While Jon Taffer is there doing recon, he sees that there is a possum in the bar.  In previous episodes, Jon has seen horses and raccoons in a bar, so now we can add possums to the list of animals seen on Bar Rescue.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of The China Grove Trading Post to The Tipsy Bull and the bar decided to keep the name. However, the bar has already closed before this episode aired.  Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Tipsy Bull since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Positive Reviews:
  • "Can't say enough about the outstanding service and friendly atmosphere. Lisa, the daytime bartender, does an amazing job amd makes the best Blue Hawaiians ever!"
Negative Reviews:
  • "It's was alright. People started showing up around 11 and then the smoke got bad and my eyes started to burning. Too many people smoking in the place. Didn't see too many big changes from Bar Rescue!"
*Reviews from Google

Other News and Links:
  • The Bar Rescue makeover happened in late May/early June 2018, so about a year before the episode first aired.
  • Here is a five minute preview video of the episode from the Paramount TV YouTube page.
  • Here is a Trading Post Facebook page that hasn't posted since 2014 and a Trading post Facebook page that posts nothing but Republican-themed political memes.  Here is a Tipsy Bull Facebook page which never posted anything.
  • Here are the Facebook pages of Wendy (owner), Maggen (Wendy's daughter/employee), Cheyenne (bartender)
  • A week before the Bar Rescue makeover, Maggen's grandfather passed away (Link)
  • In Texas, you are able to see the gross receipts for bars by month.  It seems that The Tipsy Bull didn't get much of a bump from the Bar Rescue filming and the monthly sales in 2017 were higher than 2018. (Link)
  • The Tipsy Bull closed in October 2018.  On October 12, 2018, Maggen posted, "Rumors are true!!!  China Grove Trading Post "The Tipsy Bull is closing. Satutday 2am our doors will lock; and we will not re open. It has been a long road, good times, bad times, and all the in betweens. Its bitter sweet as we say our goodbyes. We appreciate everybody that has been apart of our lives. Make sure to come in tonight and tomorrow night going out w a bang... Its been a exprencie of a life time, and i will always hold the memories we have all made together.. See you all soon..." (Link)
  • A new bar opened in the same location in March 2019, which was about five months after The Tipsy Bull closed.  The new bar is called Mr. Jim's Trading Post, so they somewhat used the old name.
    • Here is the Mr. Jim's Trading Post website which emphasizes the new ownership and Facebook page.
    • The new bar is also having a watch party for the Bar Rescue episode.


The China Grove Trading post was renamed to The Tipsy Bull by Jon Taffer and the bar did keep the name.  There were only a few reviews for The Tipsy Bull since the makeover and the gross receipts for the bar didn't increase from the previous year after Bar Rescue visited.  The Tipsy Bull closed in October 2018 and a new bar is now operating in the location.  This is the third Bar Rescue episode in a row where the makeover was done about a year ago and the bar was closed before the episode aired.

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